George Earl McGregor



Aug 14, 1894

Born in Almonte, Ontario to Peter F. and Edna (nee Boyce) McGregor


Nov 27, 1917

Medical examination conducted under the MSA (Military Service Act of 1917) in Renfrew, Ontario.  He was found fit for service


Jan 22, 1918

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Number 3320243

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. P.F. McGregor, mother, Almonte, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Woolen Weaver

Ø      No previous military experience

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Mar 24, 1918

Embarked the HMT Grampian in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 2nd Draft of the 2nd Depot Battalion, EOR.


Apr 3, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England proceeded to Seaford where the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for additional training.


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 262 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Aug 27, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join the battalion


Aug 28, 1918

Private McGregor joined the rear details of the 21st Battalion in the town of Achicourt as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements while the battalion was involved in an advance on the Sensee River


Aug 29, 1918

The rear details moved to Arras and joined the main body of the battalion after it had been relieved from the front line fighting.


Oct 10, 1918

While advancing on the Erclin River, part of the Marcoing Line, Private McGregor was instantly killed by an artillery shell that exploded nearby.

He was buried in the Marcoing Line British Cemetery.  The cemetery was later renamed as the Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery, Sailly, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Peter F. McGregor, Almonte, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Peter McGregor, at the same address


Private McGregor is honoured on the Almonte, Ontario War Memorial

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